Patent Number: 7,788,218

Title: Handling digital documents in a networked system using an e-mail server

Abstract: Digital documents are handled in networked document processing system that includes user workstations, document processing devices and a control system. A document storage is used for storing and managing digital documents associated with a user of a workstation. The control system includes a document email server where each email item in the server is linked with a digital document in the control system document storage. A processor manages the digital documents and keeps the owner of a digital document informed on the status thereof by synchronizing with the document email server so as to dynamically reflect status changes in the digital document files in corresponding email items for the owner. The workstations include a respective email client provided with at least one email folder linked to a user account in the document email server.

Inventors: Gerritsen; Jeroen P. E. (Venlo, NL), Janssen; Timotheus J. W. M. (Beuningen, NL)

Assignee: OCE-Technologies B.V.

International Classification: G06F 12/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018